We engage adults and children to learn about farming, healthy food, volunteerism, and environmental stewardship. In 2019, we provided over 3,900 area students with on the farm and in-classroom educational programs. We provide a unique farm to school experience that helps students make connections between where their food comes from and how their food choices can impact their health, the environment, and their community. Our lessons are created with a determination to celebrate cultural relevance that encourages students to embrace their identities, celebrate diversity, and learn about foods that honor and bond communities. We coordinate with teachers of visiting student groups, create curriculum, and provide staff to execute lessons at The Urban Farm. In 2020, we brought the farm home with 25 unique videos including storytelling, lessons, recipes and farm fun. As well, 500 kits were created for the children of our community.
The need to build a foundation for children centered around healthy eating impacts their ability to grow, learn, play and thrive as individuals and members of a community.
Many of our volunteers in 2020 were high school students in need of places to get outside and interact with others. The lessons they learned about service to community, stewardship of the land, and methods to grow food while caring for the environment were amazing. In addition, we initiated a new program coordinating with the Morristown High School STEM program to build individual hydroponic experiments. It's been quite a journey of ups and downs trying to keep the plants alive. Science is about making mistakes though and how we adapt and learn from them! We look forward to making more programs available with your support. Please consider making a donation, signing up to volunteer or checking out our wish list for items that make these programs possible.
We work with our community to celebrate a lifetime of healthy choices, and inspire children of all ages to create a more just and resilient food system.
Collaborative programs with Morris School District- click to see more
Preschool Programs (off-site)
Farmer Tina is available for individual or reoccurring outreach programs at local area schools. Lessons can be customized to your individual educational needs. Programs can focus on making nutritious eating fun, how plants grow, seed to table, and many more. Some possible outreach programs include topics like: Wonderful Worms, Pollinator Paradise, Five Little Pumpkins, A Seed is Sleepy.
Watch this video to see Farmer Tina in action with the second graders in the Morris School District.